What We Do
The Community Networking Trust (CNT) was set up to:
- Lead and enable effective social service provision in Eastern Southland
- Facilitate the networking together of all services that exist for the benefit of the wider community
- Support the accessibility and development of social services, resources and facilities within our community
Contracts currently held and delivered by the CNT:
As part of our commitment to networking and information sharing, the Community Connections Centre hosts a monthly Community Liaison Meeting.
The purpose of the Community Liaison Meeting is to foster networking and information sharing within our district. These meetings are designed for people to be able to put faces to names, find out what types of social and community organisations are available, explore how we can use resources to their best potential, and gain greater understanding about each individual service.
The meetings are scheduled once a month, on the third Wednesday from 9:30- 10:30am. These meetings are generally informal in nature, focusing on information sharing.
The Mataura project was originally funded by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and whilst hours have been reduced local funders support this role to continue. Working to a community led development model the aim of this project is to support & coordinate the local Mataura community to achieve healthy, prosperous and positive outcomes. This varies from leading or assisting with local projects and new initiatives or providing support or advice to various community groups. Mataura was a finalist in the 2013 Community of the year awards for New Zealand and is very proud of the work achieved so far. Initiatives included over the past 4 years have included Leadership Incubator, multiple new social support groups, new childcare centre, after school childcare, new business, youth hub and many new events just to name a few. Also many local projects have been recognised nationally including NZ Community Garden of the Year & NZ Museum project of the year. This service is free of charge, and can be accessed by anyone.